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December 21st

City man gets 12-year term for rape attempt

December 21, 2012

    A Decatur man who pleaded guilty last week to the attempted rape of a mentally handicapped teen earlier this year was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday by Adams Circuit Court Judge Frederick A. Schurger.
    According to Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Harvey, Matthew C. Bodle, 30, who had previous convictions of theft and failure to appear, among others, had requested the judge sentence him to six years in prison followed by four years probation.

AHN stays black -- Health network’s revenue down, as are expenses

December 21, 2012

    Adams Health Network (AHN) continues to show a bottom financial line that is in the black even though total operating revenue for the first 11 months of 2012 totaled $2,119,962 less than what had been budgeted for that same time period.
    The key, that hospital officials noted to members of the AHN Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting Wednesday night, is that expenses are also significantly less than what had been expected, to the tune of $1,759,867.

The year’s weather was ...well, a little ‘abnormal’

December 21, 2012

    The Daily Democrat its taking its annual look at the year's top stories, as chosen by employees of the newspaper. This year, we've decided to stretch out the usual Top 10 to a Top 12 — or 12 in '12.
    

Braves hold on against short-handed Stars, 45-33

December 21, 2012

    Daniel Gunsett moved up to 120 to face SA's Matt Nussbaum in the last match of the night with the Braves up just six points.
    "Gunsett usually gets the best of Danny Baker in the room, that's what I told Danny that he gives us the best shot and the kids understand that," BHS coach Brent Faurote noted after the match. "Daniel has been wrestling the best out of those guys, and so I put into his hands tonight so he stepped up and got it done."

December 20th

Luther Eugene Patrick

December 20, 2012

    Luther Eugene Patrick, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012, after a valiant fight with cancer.
    Born in Social Circle, Ga., Luther was a World War II Navy veteran. He had owned Leipa Car Sales over 20 years and was a co-owner of New Dawn Real Estate Company. He attended Forest Park United Methodist Church. He ran for several political offices, was a past Wayne Township Assessor, former Justice Of The Peace, and an actor for over 40 years.

Phillip J. Schurger

December 20, 2012

    Phillip J. Schurger, 60, of Decatur, died Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    He was born in Decatur on November 1, 1952, to the late Severin H. and Madeline C. (Alig) Schurger.
    Phil was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and of its adult choir. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. J.J. Seimetz Council 864, where he served as Past Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Assembly.

Linda K. Hirschy-Tyner

December 20, 2012

    Linda K. Hirschy-Tyner, 65, of Elwood, formerly of Decatur, died Wednesday.
    Arrangements pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.

City building buy back on track

December 20, 2012

    A potential stumbling block that could have possibly nixed the sale of the downtown onetime bank building at Second and Monroe streets to the City of Decatur was removed Wednesday night when the Adams Health Network (AHN) Board of Trustees agreed to drop a stipulation to the sale.

Monroeville school sale given a ‘go’

December 20, 2012

   FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A judge has decided that two northeastern Indiana school districts can sell vacant schools without following a state law requiring them to wait four years in case a charter school wanted to claim the building.
    Allen Superior Court Judge Nancy Boyer ruled Tuesday that the 2011 law setting the waiting period didn’t change other laws on how districts can sell property. Boyer also found the waiting period forced districts to bear unnecessary costs for maintaining vacant buildings.

Sculpture Walk a city first -- Number 11 on our countdown

December 20, 2012

    The Daily Democrat is taking its annual look at the year's top stories, as chosen by employees of the newspaper. This year, we've decided to stretch out the usual Top 10 to a Top 12 — or 12 in '12.
    
    It was the first event of its kind in Decatur, and it has been ranked as the No. 11 news story of 2012.

Norwell softball sectional championship:       Norwell 10, Adams...
    Tonight's final Northeast Hoosier Conference baseball game will go a long...
    FORT WAYNE— The Braves used a big homerun late in the game from Brett...

 

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